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The budget of the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (Rusa) has been increased four times.
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Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS), launched in 2013 aims at providing strategic funding to eligible state higher educational institutions. The central funding (in the ratio of 60:40 for general category States, 90:10 for special category states and 100% for union territories) would be norm-based and outcome dependent.
Department of Education, Minister of Human Resource Development is the nodal agency.
Improve the overall quality of state institutions, Ushering transformative reforms in the state higher education system by creating a facilitating institutional structure for planning and monitoring at the state level, promoting autonomy in State Universities and improving governance in institutions.
Create new universities through up-gradation of existing autonomous colleges and conversion of colleges in a cluster.
It would create new model degree colleges, new professional colleges and provide infrastructural support to universities and colleges.
Faculty recruitment support, faculty improvements programmes and leadership development of educational administrators are also an important part of the scheme.
In order to enhance skill development, the existing central scheme of Polytechnics has been subsumed within RUSA.
A separate component to synergise vocational education with higher education has also been included in RUSA. Besides these, RUSA also supports reforming, restructuring and building the capacity of institutions in participating state.